Marcus and Doro were part of a left-wing commune from the late 1960s until the early 1990s: lentils, free love, spliffs, radical politics, cheesecloth blouses, sex, housework and cooking rotas, crochet, allotments. Their children have grown up rather different from them: primary schoolteacher Clara craves order and clean bathrooms, son Serge is pretending to his parents that is still doing a Maths Ph.d. at Cambridge, while in fact making loadsamoney in the City; third child Oolie Anna, who has Down's Syndrome, is desperate to escape home and live on her own. Once the truth starts breaking through, who knows what further secrets will be revealed about any of them? Set half in Doncaster, half in London, this is a very funny riff on modern values, featuring hamsters, cockroaches, poodles, a chicken and multiplying rabbits, told by Marina Lewycka in her unique and brilliant combination of irony, farce and wit.
©2012 Marina Lewycka (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
I am in the last quarter of this book. I listen to books while walking the dog for about an hour each day. I have always enjoyed Marina Lewycka's books. The story jumps from one character to another and often back into the past when the characters were young. She is as funny an ever and sometimes people must wonder why I am laughing as I walk! Some books I can't wait to hear what happens next - but not with this book - it is what I call leisurely listening (reading). The narrator is excellent.
"Various pets alive and dead"
Took me a bit of time to get into this book. But stuck with it and enjoyed it greatly in the end. Quite a different story going on with lots of characters dipping in and out. Nicely told. And sad in its way.
After enjoying Marina Lewycka's previous novels, and anticipating that an audio experience would be even more enjoyable than reading, I was thoroughly disappointed with this book. It's not the narrator's fault - just that the story is dull and the characters trite and 2-dimensional. What a shame when Tractors, Caravans etc were all so enjoyable and well observed - light reads that were more substantial than your average aeroplane novel.
This was a good, amusing story with some great characters. I particularly liked Oolie Anna.
"Not that funny really"
I don(t know what I was expecting but this book turned out to be a bit of a deception. I thought it would be amusing but I found myself getting bored.
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